Information for Candidates

  • The ETC is a practical course and candidates will spend 85% of their time in workshops and skill stations.
  • ETC is scenario based. Throughout the course you will be working in small groups resembling trauma teams in a shock-room environment.
  • You will be working in groups with different skills mix. Many of your fellow candidates come from different specialties than you.
  • We will take you through 30 guided trauma admission scenarios, which cover the whole spectrum of trauma care. You will be learning how to function within a team as team leader and team member. In order to bring the scenarios to life you will need to play your role and join in actively!
  • All scenarios have specific learning outcomes and our instructors ensure that all teams achieve their learning outcomes.
  • Between the scenarios you will be swapping roles to give each candidate the opportunity to lead a team and also to experience all functions within a trauma team.
  • There is a strong focus on non-technical skills and teamwork. You will experience how your team performance will improve during the course!

ETC is not dogmatic and we regard each course as a shared learning experience. We therefore very much appreciate your contribution and invite you to come forward and share your expertise with us and your fellow candidates.

At the beginning of the course you will be assigned a mentor, who will provide daily feedback and who is there for you, if you have any questions.

In order to pass you must attend the whole course and you must pass the assessment. The assessment consists of continous formative assessment followed by summative assessment on the last day of the course.

  • Formative assessment: you will be assessed during the scenarios and we will be looking at your knowledge, at your team member skills (knowing your role within the team, performing your tasks during the scenarios, being helpful to colleagues, being proactive and communicating well!) and at your team leader skills (leadership, overview, task allocation, decision making, empathy, clear communication and being able to listen to your team!) After each scenario there is direct feedback to the candidates.
  • Summative assessment: at the end of the course there is a team leader assessment station, where we specifically assess your team leader skills. You will be running a test scenario as a trauma team leader.

Last but not least …

You must know the manual when you attend. Unlike in other Life Support courses there are no repetition lectures on the ETC.

The ETC is an advanced course and candidates must have experience in treating major trauma patients before they attend a course.